The Berkeley Law and Organizing Collective (BLOC) introduces law students to the world of labor advocacy. BLOC members work closely with UAW Local 2865, the largest academic student employee union in the country. They gain experience in union contract enforcement, “know-your-rights” training, strategic research, and labor organizing. They hone their skills in conducting intake, assessing claims, devising arguments, speaking publicly, and filing and digitizing official records. BLOC members also gain ample familiarity with union governance and labor policy initiatives in California.
Additionally, law students who join BLOC for the 2019-2020 academic year will have the following opportunities: creating a union guidebook for grievance-handling, training department stewards in local policies and procedures, and negotiating common projects with campus groups and institutions.
Supervision: Students engaged in BLOC’s efforts receive supervision from attorneys at the law firm, Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers.
Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week; 4-6 hours of training and orientation early in the semester.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at ProBonoBLOC@berkeley.edu.
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